The mighty return

Andrew returned from camp on Saturday. On the drive back from “up north,” Bob put him on the phone. For the first time, Andrew didn’t sound younger than he is. In fact, for a second, I thought maybe his voice changed during that week he was away.

He had an incredible week. He earned two merit badges and a bunch of activity patches. He tried everything and was one of the few boys to wake up early for the polar bear swim.

He made everyone a present. Mine’s below:

Pen holder Andrew made
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Plus, it holds my pens.

He did so well on his own. Instead of feeling sad that my “little” boy doesn’t need me anymore, I’m both pleased and proud. He even kicked me out of the kitchen (sort of) yesterday and finished making the pancakes. Hey, he wants to take over the cooking, I’m all for it. Bring it on.

True, he neglected to brush his teeth for the entire week. And he did suffer an intense, but brief bout of homesickness over a drawing Kyra sent him (the two of them holding hands–she knows how to tug on heartstrings).

It’s good to have him home again. But it’s good to know he can go out and conquer the world (at least with his breath).


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5 responses to “The mighty return

  1. OK, I can’t see the picture, but I would like to. Maybe my ‘puter’s just slow?

  2. How weird. I switched the file settings and hope it’s showing up for everyone else. I can see it, but that doesn’t do anyone else any good.

  3. I can see it… it’s lovely. What a nice kid you’ve got (even if he doesn’t brush his teeth… and can I just say, ICK.)

    It’s hard to watch them grow up.

  4. I can see it, too (but it took FOREVER to load)… and it is lovely. Glad to hear that he had wonderful adventures — amazing how they lurch into maturity. It sounds like you are enjoying every moment.

  5. Jen

    Oh, the powers of camp! Just wait til he’s older and doesn’t brush his teeth, shower, use deodorant OR change underwear for that entire week of camp.

    But yes, the male voices always get lower after camp. And they’re always taller, too. Always.

    Congrats to Andrew on his merit badges!

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